County needs fresh thinking on schools
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#1 Jun 5, 2008
This column is right on the mark. It shows a level of thinking an analysis that, sadly, the Sun's own editorial writers and reporters haven't exhibited. The way Jim Smith has corrupted the process of school construction is shameful. It's about time someone took notice.
#2 Jun 5, 2008
The Authors wrote
"There is plenty of land waiting to be developed where the county could still impose special financing districts"
This is just a ridiculous statement, especially within the Urban Rural Demarcation Line in the Northeast. The authors know there are few 40 acre sites waiting for development much less 60 acre sites. Please identify specific addresses where you want a new school. This article reminds me of the military adage "amateurs talk about strategy, professionals talk about logistics".
#3 Jun 5, 2008
Not building a new high school when the county had the money, and chosing instead to the spend the money on other priorities (including addtions to existing schools) is hardly a strong argument for more taxes. Maryland is already struggling to provide affordable housing, and impact fees are a tax on new home buyers which increases the prices of both new and existing homes. Imposing impact fees would be a mistake.
#4 Jun 6, 2008
There are several forces at work. The first, and probably the main one, is tax base. The growth corridors, as evidenced by Liberty Rd., Reisterstown Rd., York Rd., etc., are poorly planned with the main objective being to increase the County tax base. Once the houses are built and people move in there really is no reason for the County to do munch for them, only to collect high taxes (and that's not doing for them it's doing to them). My suggestion is to stop the excessive building and vote these high tax and spend politicians out of office. The school situation should not be such a polital one. Many people think that if they can get a school built it will further their polital career. In reality it should stop their career since they are only treating symptoms not the problem.
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